Useful for Plant Development and Plant Physiology lessons. By Ruben Rellan-Alvarez, Guillaume Lobet, and Jose R. Dinneny
An Open Access review article from Annual Reviews in Plant Biology, describing current research and models for root development.
The plant root system traverses one of the most complex environments on earth. Understanding how roots support plant life on land requires knowing how soil properties affect the availability of nutrients and water and how roots manipulate the soil environment to optimize acquisition of these resources. Imaging of roots in soil allows the integrated analysis and modeling of environmental interactions occurring at micro to macroscales. Advances in phenotyping of root systems is driving innovation in cross-platform-compatible methods for data analysis.